Approaches to CBDC: US vs. China

    Few people today doubt that in a few years, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) will be as widespread as cash is now. But so far, no one can tell how exactly Western countries will approach their digital money. And this question, as you are about to see, is hardly a trivial one. If you discount…

    When Will Biden Buy Some BTC?

    The US Executive Office has finally published its long-awaited order on cryptocurrencies. Much to the market’s relief, it contains no new regulations or restrictions. The document’s foremost purpose seems to be preparing the US authorities for the new financial world with a radically increased role of cryptocurrencies. The key takeaway from Joe Biden’s executive order…

    Time for regulators. Part 2

    American regulators’ attitude to cryptocurrencies seems to swing back-and-forth like a pendulum. One minute they wish (and act) to ban everything crypto-related as competition to fiat money, the second – they “let go of the reins”. The current swing is towards strengthening government control.   The latest US infrastructure bill introduces the broadest possible characterization…

    Time for regulators. Part 1

    American regulators’ attitude to cryptocurrencies seems to swing back-and-forth like a pendulum. One minute they wish (and act) to ban everything crypto-related as competition to fiat money, the second – they “let go of the reins”. The current swing is towards strengthening government control. In a now typical for the US move, the signal initially…

    CEXs are “circling the wagons”

    The “Big Chinese Offensive” on cryptocurrencies has led to a colossal outflow of crypto holders’ funds to decentralized crypto exchanges and DeFi projects, as well as over-the-counter platforms. Now centralized cryptocurrency exchanges are looking for a fitting answer to this challenge. Centralized cryptocurrency exchanges (CEX), having felt a threat to their market dominance, are rapidly…

    DEX: big things to come

    Decentralized crypto exchanges received a powerful impetus for development amid the crackdown on cryptocurrencies in China and the overall growth of the DeFi sector. Now the main goal for them is to survive the increased attention from hackers and government regulators. Which of those is worse remains to be seen. In the wake of the…